By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
The Nigeria Football Federation have thrown the hosting of the 2016 Federation Cup final stages open for states to bid, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
General Secretary of the NFF, Dr. Sanusi Mohammed, announced this on Thursday at the round of 64 draw of the Federation Cup in Abuja.
According to Dr. Sanusi, the round of 64 will come up on May 25-26 in various centres to be decided later while the round of 32 holds onJune 15-16 and the round of 16 holds on July 6-7.
The quarter-finals, semifinals and final will come up on July 27-28, the semi-finals on August 7 while the final is on August 28.
"We have thrown the venues for the quarter-finals to the final open for interested states to bid to host," Sanusi said.
" This is a new initiative meant to take the games all over the country. At this stage, there won't be venue changes even if the home sides are involved.
"We appreciate the Lagos State government for hosting the Federation Cup over the past three years and we would be glad if they still want to host this year's final. So we have told state FA's to apply in writing to host any stages from the last eight."
Meanwhile, holders of the men's edition Akwa United FC of Uyo and finalists Lobi Stars of Makurdi have drawn bye into the round of 32.
In the women's category, 10 clubs including cup holders, Sunshine Queens of Akure, and Bayelsa Queens drew bye to the second round.